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Lot 335

Estimate: 1'500 EUR   |   Starting price: 900 EUR Price realized: 2'200 EUR
CARACALLA (197 - 217)
Pautalia in Thrakien
Bronze. AVT K M AVPH - ANTWNINOC. Portraitkopf mit Lorbeerkranz nach rechts. Rs: Nymphe der Strymonregion unter Weinstock nach links gelagert, die Rechte auf Bergrücken und die Linke auf umgestürztes Quellgefäß, dem Wasser entströmt, gelegt; um sie herum vier namentlich genannte Eroten (im Uhrzeigersinn): APGV/POC (Silber), BOTPV (Wein), XPY/COC (Gold), CTAXY (Getreide) und APGV/POC (Silber). Ruzicka 634; Imhoof-Blumer, Nymphen und Chariten 163, 459 und Taf. X 28; Varbanov 5174; Lanz, Auktion 112, Nr. 674. 13,84g. Selten. Vorzüglich. The reverse on this coin proclaims the mineral and agricultural wealth of Pautalia on the Strymon river, now known as Kyustendil in Bulgaria. Each eros represents one of the sources of wealth of the city and is duly named so as to leave no doubt: that representing silver comes out of the rocks from which the actual silver must be mined; that representing gold is seated close to the urn, since gold (and electrum) was collected from the Strymon river as it flowed through the mountains; and those representing grapes and grain reflect the abundant produce resulting from the fertile soil around the city. It is a fascinating attempt to reduce a wealth of information into a limited space.

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